Peter Callaghan wrote a piece for Minn Post that answers a question that many people have asked in the past couple of years – how did the Southwest Light Rail project end up so delayed and so over budget? His conclusion: A lot of it has to do the tunnel under the Kenilworth Corridor.
He goes into detail about how resistance from the city of St. Louis Park and the Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company to relocated their freight rail line led to the decision. Rep. Frank Hornstein is quoted at lengthy criticizing the decision and talking about how it came to pass.
Cool building alert – The Sundial. The building features 12 units coming to 37th and Nicollet. It's a net-zero energy building, all electric (no gas lines), rain gardens and pavers for stormwater management, a rooftop solar system and solar thermal heating, and rainwater harvesting for the toilet water.
Tackling climate change is going to take thousands of small steps, but building more things like these will help us start to get there.
Neal St. Anthony with The Star Tribune wrote a great piece celebrating Jeff "Nacho" Carlson, the community education coordinator at Whittier School. It talks all about the important programs that he runs and all of the kids that he impacts with his dedication and energy.
We want to do more to help bring people's stories like these to life. Do you have any people who make the lives of your kids or other kids better on a regular basis? Send us their names and a quick blurb and we'll try to add them to our story pipeline!
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
Looking back at the efforts of RaShall Brackney, a candidate for Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, to reform the Charlottesville Police Department. (Racket)
Washburn was one of several Minnesota schools targeted by a fake report of an active shooter yesterday. (Star Tribune)
The Mediterranean Kebab from French Meadow won 2nd place in the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge. (TC Vegan Chef Challenge)
Red Wagon and World Street Kitchen are two of the restaurants now serving THC seltzers to diners. (Axios Twin Cities)
This Saturday is slated to be a heavy bird migration day across the Twin Cities, plan accordingly. (Birdcast)
Top Crow Bakery, which Doris Elliot launched out of their apartment a few months ago, has a new fall menu. Doris does the deliveries on bike! (Top Crow Bakery)
Schatzlein Saddle Shop is still open! They've got 40% off everything through Saturday. (Facebook)
COMMUNITY RESOURCES ✊
The City Council meets today at 9:30 (agenda here). They'll be reviewing a wide variety of things that have passed out of committees (check the agenda for details) and passing resolutions honoring former North High basketball coach Larry McKenzie, the first all-female fire crew in Minneapolis, and Latino Heritage Month.
The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association's Member Night is happening tonight from 5 - 7 p.m. at Utepils.
Pershing Connections is happening tonight at Pershing Park from 5 - 7 p.m. There will be yard games, mango sorbet, and more. Everyone is welcome.
During September, Wild Rumpus is hosting a book drive for My Very Own Bed, a nonprofit providing new beds and linens to children of families who have recently secured stable housing. Swing by to donate a book or donate online.
OUT & ABOUT 🚃
Tonight is the second to last East Isles Farmers Market of the year. It's taking place from 4-8 p.m. Check out the vendors here. The Twins of Franklin will be playing live music.
Washburn @ Southwest in football tonight. The game is at Southwest's stadium and kicks off at 6 p.m. Washburn has started the season 2-1 while Southwest is 0-2.
Go celebrate the Autumn Equinox at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Goldenrod & aster walks, a bonfire, and more!
Thursdays from 3 - 8 p.m. are currently FREE at the American Swedish Institute.
La Doña Cervecería is hosting a cool event tonight – the whole purpose is for people to make some new friends. So if you want to make more friends, there are other people like you, and they'll be there tonight.
The Swedish Institute is hosting a virtual class on making Kanelbullar (which are Swedish cinnamon buns) from 1-2 p.m.The Museum of Russian Art and France 44 Wine & Spirits are hosting a wine tasting focused on Finger Lakes wines at the museum tonight.
Glitter Trip is playing at Driftwood Char Bar.
Arts + Rec is hosting a bourbon-themed event with a special menu and a tasting of Angel's Envy bourbon tonight.